Study says malaria might have originated from gorillas

09/23/2010 | Reuters

A study analyzing DNA from thousands of ape droppings found that the strain of the Plasmodium falciparum malaria parasite common in humans has similarities with a strain found in gorillas. The finding suggests that the disease could have originally transferred from a gorilla to a human. An expert said the study provides data that could be important to eradication efforts.

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